Coppice Primary

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Ladybirds Class

         Welcome to the special page for Year 1.


Important Information for September 2020


 Meet the Staff


Class Teacher

Mrs Heywood


 Teaching assistants

Mrs Patrick (TA AM- Photo coming soon)

                                                                      Miss Richards (PM)


Phonics support

Below is a useful link, which shows the pronunciation of the phonemes that the children learn. This supports their Reading and Writing. 

Letters and sounds video

 Topic for Autumn 2

Our topic for Autumn 2 is 'Take one picture'. We will be learning about the artist George Seurat and his painting techniques. 



Here is the topic overview. 

Take one picture overview 


Below is the homework for Autumn 2. 

Autumn 2 homework

Topic Overview

Week 1


Week 1 Question: Who is George Seurat?

We will be looking at who George Seurat was, when he lived and what he was famous for. We will be looking at some of his most famous paintings. Seurat began to explore the science of optics and colour. He found that, rather than mixing the colours of paint on a palette, he could place tiny dots of different colours next to each other on the canvas and the eye would mix the colours. 

Week 2 


Week 2 question:

What style of Art is George Seurat famous for? 

How can I create light and dark?

We will be exploring Seurat's way of painting, with small dots of colour that they eye would mix to make new colours. This is called Pointillism. The children will experiment with this technique in their sketch books. 

Week 3

Week 3 question: Can we experiment with primary colours using a pointillisim style?

We will be exploring using a pointillism style to create a picture. The children will be using a variety of density dots, from light to dark. The children will be experimenting their own ideas in their sketch books. We will be discussing what primary colours are. 

Week 4

Week 4 question: Is there more than 1 way to primary colours to produce secondary colours?

The children will be exploring colour mixing to create the secondary colours; purple, orange and green. We will be creating a colour wheel with primary colours and we will be mixing to create secondary colours. 

Week 5

Week 5 question: How can I develop my creative skills using ideas taken from one of Seurat’s paintings?

We will be using our knowledge of pointillism and use it to develop our own ideas and pictures. The children will be recapping their knowledge of primary and secondary colours. 

Week 6

Week 6 question: How can we create an image in the style of Seurat?

We will be discussing the image 'Sunday on La Grande Jatte' and discussing why this took George Seurat 2 years to complete. We will be creating our own large scale piece of this picture. Each child will have a section of the picture which we complete in a pointillism style. This will be a fantastic collaborative work of art! 

Week 7

Week 7 question: Are we able to achieve similar colour mixing techniques in our masterpieces?

We will be looking at landscapes pictures that Seurat has completed. We will be discussing a landscape of a sunset. We will be exploring what colours we will need. Recapping our knowledge of primary and secondary colours we will create a landscape sunset picture in a pointillism style. 




In Science this half term we will be looking at Everyday Materials. We will be labelling different materials and exploring their properties. 


Our theme this half term is 'Bullying Matters'. We will be exploring how words and actions can affect others. 


In RE our key question will be ‘What gifts might Christians in my town have given Jesus if he had been born here instead of in Bethlehem?’ We will be reflecting on the Christmas story and deciding what gifts would have been meaningful to Jesus. 


We will be using Purple Mash to create a pictogram. We will be navigating a mouse and a keyboard. 


Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. We will be working with our specialist Sports coach, Mr Singh, on Tuesdays. We will be learning the rules and skills of Handball. On Thursday we will be completing Net and Wall games. 

 Diary Dates  


Monday 2nd November 2020- Inset day. School closed for children. 

Tuesday 3rd November 2020- School reopens for children.  

Friday 18th December 2020- School closes for the Christmas break. 


Information for parents


Letters and sounds phase 2 information for parents

Letters and sounds phase 3 information for parents

Letters and sounds phase 4 information for parents

Letters and sounds phase 5 information for parents


Letter formation guidance


Word iconAssessment - End of Year 1 Expectations  

Year 1 Literacy non-negotiables

Word iconYear 1 maths non-negotiables


Ambassador Awards 2020-2021

What is expected in order for children to achieve their ’Ambassador Award’ comes under 4 headings:

  • Citizenship

  • Relationships

  • Learning

  • Behaviour and conduct

Each section has elements that underpin the values that as a school we hold dear. We believe that learning is something that continues every minute of the waking day and it is important to recognise children’s achievements not only in lessons but beyond. Adults in school will discuss each section with the children and how they can meet the criteria identified; we are hoping that the children will be able to take some ownership of the passport themselves!

Have a look at the Ambassador leaflet to find out more and look through 'Steps to Success' passport the Ladybirds children will be working through this year to help them achieve their Ambassador Awards!

 Ambassador information leaflet

Parent letter

Year 1 passport 


Each day your child will need to bring their reading book to school.   Please try to practise daily at home, even if it is just a couple of pages.    Please can you sign your children’s reading record books every time you listen to them read, it helps us and it also helps your child to earn credits towards their Ambassador awards.

Learning log 

At the beginning of each topic we will send home a homework grid with a choice of activities on it.  The completed tasks will be returned to school at the end of the term and celebrated with the class.

 Homework log for this half term:


  Diary Dates  

 We want your children to be happy and enjoy coming to school and learning.  If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to speak to any of us so that we can help.  You can speak with us after school or contact us on 01773 712840.